Oxegen 09 snippets: May Kay, Fight like apes
First festival you went you? Me, Pockets and Pat Hanna went to Electric Picnic in 2006. It was the first time I did a festival properly. I got separated from them on the first night and they told me to meet them in the Goblin town. It took me more time than I'd care to admit to realise that there was no Goblin town.
Favourite festival memory (as audience)? I met a bubbleologist at Green Man Festival last year. He makes all these mad shaped contraptions to blow bubbles through. We were seated under a massive willow tree that was covered in blue fairy lights, watching Spiritualized and drinking cheap champagne. Awesome festival.
First one you played at? Any mad memories? Electric Picnic 2007 was our first festival. We played on the Sunday and stupidly arrived on Friday morning. By the time we hit the stage on Sunday, we were a disgrace. Tom and I had gotten into a play fight that had resulted in him breaking his baby finger, so world-renowned producer Broy had to play bass for us, I couldn't speak, let alone sing, and Pockets, in his own words, "had no happiness left" in his body. Disaster.
Best advice for festival first-timer (audience, rather than performer)? Don't get totally wrecked on the first night. Have fun, but don't make it so you have to spend the rest of the weekend in your tent. Also, don't climb a tree.